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Thirteen Reasons Why – Filled with suspense, good life lessons

Title: Thirteen Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Summary: No one expected Hannah Baker’s death, but thirteen people would soon find out how their actions and words pushed Hannah off the edge. Clay Jensen is determined to listen to Hannah’s thirteen tapes to figure out her story, and why he is in it. These tapes show a side of Hannah that no one saw, and the truth about who she really was.

Gut Reaction: Filled with suspense, good life lessons.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because it was detailed and had a good plot, but was slow at times.

What I loved: I really liked how the book took the image of a perfect girl in high school and showed the reader that she has feelings and is just like everyone else.

Why: This book always keeps you guessing what will happen next and surprises you with each new tape. The characters are all distinct and have intriguing personalities that draw you in.

Websites of interest:

Thirteen Reasons Why website

-Afsara, Greenwood, Teen Adviser

GWD

Grand Budapest Hotel – Won 4 Oscars!

GBH

Who doesn’t love an indie film every once in a while? I sure do. Director Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel recently won 4 Oscars, including Best Achievement in Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, as well as Best Original Score. This movie tells of the adventures of a concierge and his lobby boy living in the fictional country of Zubrowka during the 1930s.

The lovely book The Grand Budapest Hotel by Matt Zoller Seitz was just released as a companion to The Wes Anderson Collection. Both are fantastic reads. Go to your nearest library and pick up a copy today! If you are interested in learning more about Wes Anderson or The Wes Anderson Collection, head on over to the blog post Indie films: Wes Anderson. Thanks for reading!

-Laura, 17, Greenwood 

GWD

TED – Lessons from fashion’s free culture

NFFTY showing at Central Library

NFFTY_LOGOThe National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY for short) was founded by three Washingtonians shortly after their high school graduations. What started as a one-day showing of young filmmakers’ work has now grown into the largest international festival for filmmakers under 25 years of age. It’s currently an annual three-day showing at the SIFF Uptown and Cinerama theaters in downtown Seattle.

The Central Branch Library recently had a showcase of some of the best pieces from last year’s NFFTY lineup. Works ranged from the highly comical “Iceberg” about Marcus, a teenage thespian, cast as the iceberg in his school’s production of “Titanic”, to a hard-hitting visual story about terrorism in Egypt titled “Trapped”. In addition to other comedic and dramatic shorts, they screened music videos, a documentary, and the 2015 NFFTY trailer (which can be seen here) that alluded to the same high quality of work to come in this year’s festival.

NFFTY this year takes place the weekend of April 23-26. There are panels with professional filmmakers and a variety of films to see, all grouped by common themes. A Day pass gets you access to all of the sections of events/showings on that day. You can see all of them, or just go to the few that pique your interest the most. There are some sections of family-friendly shorts (all noted on the festival website as “Family”), selections of historical dramas, thrillers, animation, a feature-length film, and so much more! It’s a perfect opportunity to see young people make beautiful, meaningful, intelligent work and it is always a blast.
The full festival line-up, tickets, and more information on the festival can be found on NFFTY’s website.

GWD–PJ, Greenwood teen blogger

Kristy’s Fave – Ego Tripping – Giovanni

Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)

by Nikki Giovanni

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad

I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile
I am a beautiful woman

I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat’s meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can’t catch me

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
jesus
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

I mean…I…can fly
like a bird in the sky…

Seattle’s 2015 MLK Unity Day!

Here’s a half-hour video featuring the MLK Youth Contest Winners that the City of Seattle sponsored in January as part of the City’s first-ever Unity Day.

It includes additional footage/interviews with the winners!